3rd Annual Strides for My Mind 5k Wellness Run & Walk

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On Saturday, May 2, 2015, the 3rd Annual Strides for My Mind 5K Wellness Run/Walk will take place at 9:30 a.m. on the campus of Jamestown Community College at 525 Falconer Street in Jamestown.

The walk is being put on through the collaboration of Chautauqua Tapestry, the Department of Mental Hygiene through an Early Identification and Recognition Grant, Compeer Chautauqua and the Jamestown Community College Student Senate. The partnership came out of the groups’ common goal to promote awareness of the importance of mental wellness during May which is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month.

The race will begin in front of the student union building of the JCC campus and will follow a mapped out route through Falconer. Registration and race packet pick-up will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Carnahan building with runners beginning at 9:30 a.m. and walkers at 9:45 a.m. Registration for the 5K can be done either online at http://www.racesonline.com/events/strides-for-my-mind-5k-wellness-run-walk or by mail by sending in a paper form along with payment to Compeer, Attention: Jann Ball, 97 Forest Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701. Paper registrations can be found and printed off at the Races Online site. Early bird registration is available for $20 for anyone who completes an online registration by April 25, 2015. Those who register using the paper registration form or register online after April 25 will pay a registration fee of $25. Participants under 12 years old can register for free. The first 100 people registered will get a free t-shirt. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall males and females, and the top 3 in standard 5 year age groups according to gender.

“Last year’s race was very successful and we knew we had to continue growing the event for this year,” said Victoria Patti, Early Identification and Recognition Specialist. “This year we again have the privilege of working with the Jamestown Community College Student Senate. The partnership that was created with student leaders has strengthened our work. Having the support of the students at JCC enhances our efforts and will improve our outcomes. The race will be held early in May this year to bring awareness to May being National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month and to capitalize on the fact that school will still be in session. We are looking forward to another great year and hope to see both returning racers and brand new ones.”

There will also be a wellness fair that will have various agencies and vendors with wellness information, products and/or services. The wellness fair will begin after the runners and walkers return and will continue until the results are tabulated and the awards are presented to the winning racers. The goal of the event is to generate awareness that mental wellness and physical wellness are of equal importance in everyone’s life.

For more information on the event visit “Strides for My Mind 5K”on Facebook. Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring the event or participating at the wellness fair should contact Ann Rosenthal by phone at (716) 753-4516 or by email at RosenthA@co.chautauqua.ny.us